• “When families from Haiti come to NYC, everything is very different from what they are used to and it's easy for them to get lost. Language is one barrier but so is the complexity of the school system, which is much smaller and simpler back home. So I feel that by translating documents that can guide those families, we can help them so much.”
That is why Martine Jolibois, leader of the Haitian Creole Team in the DOE’s Translation & Interpretation Unit, describes herself as “very, very passionate” about her work. Read more about her and the DOE’s Translation and Interpretation team [Link in bio]  #WeAreDOE
  • “By digging deeper and deeper into both sides of just one policy issue, debating makes students want to learn more all the time. I can see the  curiosity in our students’ eyes, and along the way they gain confidence academically and express themselves more clearly,” says Miana Vega, coach of the policy debate team at M.S. 50 in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, which came in the top four in June’s national tournament in Dallas, Texas—while making history as the first bilingual team on that stage. 
It was a bruising accomplishment, as some coaches and students on competing teams objected that M.S. 50 was cheating by speaking in Spanish—even though Miana’s group provided headsets and a translator who was not part of their coaching staff.  Miana recalls, “There was one coach talking loudly into a phone saying, ‘They shouldn’t be here!’ My kids were shaking and crying, listening to adults speaking about them that way. I told that coach she should be ashamed of herself because our kids are here to debate, just like theirs.” Read more about Miana and her team’s path-breaking success. [LINK in Bio] #WeAreDOE
  • NYC public high school students: want to get your artwork in front of hundreds of thousands of your fellow NYers? 👨🏾‍🎨👩🏾‍🎨 If you win the NYC High School Admissions Guide Cover Design Challenge, you can! Submit your design before Dec 20. Learn how: schools.nyc.gov/CoverDesign [☝️🏽For inspiration, take a look at some winning designs from previous years’ challenges!☝️🏽Swipe!]
  • “Seventh grade is a perfect time to teach girls how to do computer coding, because this is when they are starting to dream of who they want to be. Even though men now dominate the computer field, my girls see me doing it and say, ‘Okay, I’ll give it a try.’ And they are starting to blossom,” says Carolina Restrepo, a first-year #CSforAllNYC teacher at M.S. 217, Robert A. Van Wyck in Jamaica, Queens. 👩🏾‍💻Carolina also thinks computer science is a valuable addition to the curriculum because it motivates the students to learn. She says, “We missed a computer science class yesterday because of a holiday, and the students actually said, ‘Is there something we can do for homework?’ That hadn’t happened to me before!” Read more about Carolina: [link in bio]
  • 👩🏾‍💻 “Honestly, I had no idea what computer science was even about. Is it doing science experiments on computers?” says Isabella Ramirez, a seventh grader at M.S. 217, Robert A. Van Wyck in Jamaica, Queens. 👨🏾‍💻 Her classmate Chase Noel wasn’t sure if he wanted to sign up for the school’s new computer science program taught by Ross Berman because it meets at 7:30 in the morning two days a week. He says, “At first, I didn't want to come to school 30 minutes earlier than I usually would. But then when I learned that we would be working with computers to do coding, creating apps, and projects like that, I got interested.” Read how Isabella and Chase got hooked on computer science: [link in bio]
  • “That went even better than I expected. Two students on opposite sides of the room built their designs around outer space, so they found out they have that in common and spent the rest of the period talking about space. I saw a lot of that kind of magic this morning,” says Ross Berman, who teachers #CSForAllNYC at M.S. 217 in Queens. Read why his students can’t wait to wake up early to take his class: [link in bio] #WeAreDOE

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